Monday, 26 February 2018
Aliens from outer space
The thing is, I have never understood what kind of alien life they are hoping to discover. Do they think there are creatures out there that resemble us in some form or other; like the ones you see on Star Trek and other such films?
Or is this life they are searching for somewhat different in shape, size and form than us, and does not require the same essentials like us in order to survive; like oxygen, water, food, mediums of temperature and humidity and so on.
For example, is a virus a living being or not? How about a bacteria? Or the many microbes and tiny organisms that we may, or may not, know about? Could it be that there are such types of life out there that do not require the same basics like us to sustain them?
The Oxford Dictionary defines life as: The condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change preceding death.
From that I understand - growth, reproduction, functional activity (presumably this means watching TV), and change. So basically, that is life, according to the dictionary and presumably according to what most of us understand life to be.
But then the scientists are searching for something more - intelligent life, isn't that so?
So I ask myself - what is intelligent life? I have known many people in the past with less intelligence than my cat. Are they intelligent life?
Is a seeing-eye dog for the blind intelligent? Are animals trained by humans to do certain tasks intelligent? What is intelligence?
Once again, are we not measuring intelligence according to our human yardsticks? Just the same way as we are defining life using our own human yardstick? If it does this, it is alive. If it does that, it is intelligent.
What if there is life, very intelligent at that, that has been there all along and yet we have failed to recognise it. Or have even refused to accept it because of our own arrogant attitude of self-importance. Because we only want to accept things in our own terms and not as they truly are.
Is God not life?
He may not meet the criteria we have set for there to be defined as life; but is He not life? Indeed the very Creator of life?
Are Christ and the Holy Spirit not life?
As well as the Angels and indeed Satan?
Or do we dismiss them because they do not fit our understanding of life. Because they are spiritual and do not have a body like ours which meets the Oxford Dictionary criteria.
Was it not C S Lewis who is attributed as saying, “You do not have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.”
So, perhaps we too are spiritual beings, inhabiting a body temporarily; just like a butterfly before it leaves the cocoon for a new life.
Now there's a thought to keep you up at night. What do you think?